Worried about Queen Street? So am I …

I am also worried about Queen Street! A main street in a beautiful and popular area of the city should not have so many empty shops. High rents notwithstanding, what are some of the other reasons businesses do not last? Possibly, the proprietors have not completed business plans that include financial forecasting for the low […]

In My Opinion: Finding gratitude in the gifts of community

Thanks to everyone who shared their stories for this year’s Winter Writing Contest. It is always a treat to see the variety of entries and be reminded that there are many talented wordsmiths right here in our neighbourhood. This year’s entries were particularly special to read because they focused on gifts – personal stories that […]

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

In My Opinion: Global leadership starts here at home

I recently met with Muhammad Yunus, economist, social entrepreneur, and Nobel Peace Prize winner for his pioneering work in microfinance. We talked about his ideas for a world of zero poverty, zero unemployment, and zero net carbon emissions. He also spoke about Canada’s fortunate position in comparison to other countries, and concluded: “So the burden […]

New program celebrates Bengali literature in Toronto

As a Bengali parent in Toronto, more and more we read English, speak in English, think in English, scream in English, even dream in English! While this is, in some ways, a necessity and how things evolve, Toronto’s Bengali Community also wants our progeny to know something about our own culture and language. To that […]

In My Opinion: World community has a responsibility to protect Rohingya

The international community, including Canada, has a responsibility to protect ethnic minorities in the face of genocide. Today, that means protecting the Rohingya in Myanmar. In 2005, all UN member states endorsed the idea that sovereignty entails a responsibility to protect all populations from mass atrocity crimes and human rights violations. Where a state fails […]